Huge shelter planned for busiest Vancouver bus stop 0
Passengers line up to take a TransLink bus outside the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday September 18, 2013. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
Riders at the busiest stop in TransLink’s bus network will finally have a roof over their heads.
For many arriving from the suburbs via the Expo or Millennium lines, the Commercial-Broadway 99 B-Line westbound bus stop marks the first bus-transfer point.
TransLink described the situation in a request for proposal for the revamped stop posted Tuesday. Construction is expected in summer 2014.
Each day, 54,000 passengers — equivalent to one-third of daily passengers using the entire Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station — take the 99 B-Line during school months, according to TransLink spokesman Derek Zabel.
“This is the single busiest bus stop in the entire Lower Mainland,” he said.
“Each day is going to be a little different, but you’re looking at a steady flow of customers right from the early morning to late in the evening.”
The design hasn’t been provided yet, but according to TransLink’s expectations, it could accommodate crowds of up to 180 passengers, plus additional “overflow” space of another 130 people.
Parked outside the Shopper’s Drug Mart at the intersection, crowds waiting at the stop are currently exposed to the elements while lining up in a narrow sidewalk so heavily used that it can even block pedestrians using the path.
TransLink says the upgrade is one step to address larger predicted crowds when the Evergreen Line is complete and taking in crowds from Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody when operational in 2016.